The dancer and choreographer María Pagés (National Dance Award 2002) and the Belgian-Moroccan choreographer and dancer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Best Choreographer of the Year 2008) unite flamenco and contemporary dance in a deeply renovating piece born of mutual admiration.

From the delicacy, the respect and the curiosity to explore unknown territories until the moment, both have found the way to fuse their particular choreographic universes.

With Dunas they put up a unique spectacle that with original music of Szymon Brzoska and Rubén Levaniegos -mued with flamenco, classic and arab echoes- evoke their own roots. With a beautiful scenery that transports us to the exotic magic of the desert, Dunes overcomes cultural differences, sketching shared landscapes and building, with the universal language of dance and emotions, rich bridges of dialogue.

The piece premiered at the Danse Festival in Singapore in October 2009. Since then it has been presented in theaters and festivals around the world, rising in 2010 with the Giraldillo Award for Best Show at the XVI Seville Flamenco Biennial.



  • Dancers
    María Pagés, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
  • Piano
    Barbara Drazkowska 
  • Singer
    Ana Ramón
  • Arabe voice
    El Arabi-Serghini
  • Guitar
    "Fyty" Carrillo
  • Violin
    David Moñiz
  • Percussion
    Chema Uriarte

Artistic cast

  • Direction, Creation and Coreography
    María Pagés, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
  • Original music
    Szymon Brzoska, Rubén Levaniegos
  • Taranto music
    José “Fyty” Carrillo
  • Lyrics
    Rubén Levaniegos, El Arbi El Harti, Zalman Shneur, El Arabi-Shergini, María Pagés, Popular
  • Lighting Design
    Felipe Ramos
  • Sound design
    Albert Cortada
  • Choreography Assistant
    Nienke Reehorst, José Barrios
  • Additional coreographer assistants
    Kazutomi Kozuki, Helder Seabra (Eastman Dancers)
  • Dyeing of materials
    Taller María Calderón

Technical staff

  • Lighting
    Pau Fullana
  • Sound
    Albert Cortada
  • Stage manager
    Eduardo Moreno